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Biography

Melanie Anderson Indexing for Beginners
Began indexing 12 years ago. More meaningfully, progressed to set goals monthly indexing goals for 10 years, and steadily contribute to the information base that drives documentable family research. I also occasionally do indexing for Find A Grave, an accurate source for documentable information.
Family Names: Smith, Thornton, Crabill, Campbell
Stacie Briggs
Beginning Your Family History
Stacie was born and raised in Denton County, and her family has been here for a few generations. She graduated from Denton High School in 1985. Her maternal family came to Texas in the early 1800s. Her love for family history started about 17 years ago. Stacie is a member of the Denton County Genealogical Society, the Texas State Genealogical Society, the Gann Historical Society and Library, and the Shockey Family Foundation. She is the director of the Denton Family History Center, a volunteer for Find A Grave and keeps a cemetery kit in her car. She has trees on Ancestry, My Heritage, Family Search, WikiTree, and Family Tree DNA. She has done her DNA with Family Tree DNA, Ancestry, 23andMe, My Heritage, and GED Match.
Personal Names: George, Barr, Griffin, Bailey, Smith, Markum, Bolen, Pickens, Huffman, Johnson, Shockey/Schake, Brownlow, Clover, Massingill, Hilliard, Dickey, McLeod, McWilliams, and Saunders.
Walta Evans Family Search for Beginners Bio for Walta Edwina Lefler Evans

Walta Edwina Lefler Evans is a retired elementary teacher/school librarian with 49 years of service. She holds B.S, M.Ed. and MLS degrees from the University of North Texas. She was with the Van Zandt County Library in Canton, Texas, as the part-time professional librarian in charge of children’s programming and genealogy. She was a school librarian in Texas and in Arizona on both the Navajo and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservations and taught for Navajo Community College (now Dine College).

Her interest in family history and genealogy began early with stories from family members from Jersey, Channel Islands, and continued in her teens when she went to her first paternal family reunion in Michigan. She has traveled to many locations: libraries, courthouses, Archives of Ontario in Canada, and cemeteries, doing the leg work to gather her family history and that of her husband and friends. She has acquired skills in research and technology which have helped her in both genealogical pursuits and in contacting distant relatives in the United States, Canada, England, Australia and France. She is currently working in the Archives of France online.

She has presented at the Denton County Genealogical Society and at Family History Day activities in Denton. She is an active member of DCGS, The Virtual Genealogical Society, Jersey Heritage, several social media sites, Ancestry, My Heritage, Geneanet and Family Search/Family Tree.

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